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Greg Walden sponsors free business cybersecutiy conference

September 30, 2012 --

By NFIB Oregon

The increasing threat of cybersecurity breaches are affecting small businesses in a big way. As with everything, knowledge is the power to protect yourself, which is why NFIB is encouraging its members in the Bend and Medford areas to attend a free, two-hour presentation by nationally recognized cybersecurity expert Bill Conner.

These two workshops are being sponsored by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, who as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has made small-business cybersecurity a top priority of his.

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NIKE’s China problem

September 29, 2012 --

NIKE’s slowdown in China is a bellwether for other firms in America. It impacts businesses down the chain.You can see their stock changes to the right on the video.

See CNN Money report below:

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Tuition hikes due to college mispending, not budget cuts

September 28, 2012 --

“[H]igher education has literally never been more flush with cash than it is today, even after adjusting for the effects of inflation. The bottom line is that institutions have made no significant efforts whatsoever to keep their expenses in check. If you want to keep college affordable, this should be the only place to start.”

Domenic Giandomenico
U.S. Chamber of Commerce,

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve issued a report which found a link between soaring tuition costs at public institutions and cuts to state appropriations. They conducted the study to determine whether or not increases to federal grants and loans were encouraging institutions to raise their tuition-based revenues (they did not find evidence to support the conclusion).

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Bussiness Alliance: Ballot Measure, Labor & Treasurer endorsements

September 27, 2012 --

By Portland Business Alliance

The Portland Business Alliance board of directors today announced its positions on a number of ballot measures and its endorsement of several candidates. A complete list is below. Dennis Rawlinson, chair of the Alliance’s board of directors and firm chair of Miller Nash, made the following statement about the Alliance endorsements: “With Portland-metro wages and incomes below the national level, the Alliance believes that except for specific education-related measures it is not the time to increase taxes on individuals or businesses. We looked at each measure with this belief in mind.

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Who’s hiring in Oregon? — A look at firms hiring by the hundreds

September 26, 2012 --

Who’s hiring in Oregon? — Where the new jobs are
By Oregon Small Business Association

Consumer Cellular opens 650 jobs

When T-Mobile closed its call center earlier this year, 359 workers lost their jobs. Those employees were offered positions at other T-Mobile locations. But now they have another option. Consumer Cellular, a Portland-based wireless and cellphone service provider, leased the 77,000 square-foot call center and plans to eventually hire 650 people to staff the facility. “We are very proud to announce that we are now officially operational with our first wave of nearly 50 employees,” said Consumer Cellular CEO John Marick in a statement. “We will continue to hire in waves and phases so that we can effectively train our new employees..”

 Wal-Mart hires 300

Wal-Mart in Oregon is hiring nearly 300 workers for its strong growth of new stores. Two Gresham stores are new as well as a store in West Linn that opening in May.  The store openings reflect nationwide growth where Wal-mart is projected top open up 80 stores around the nation this year.   Many of the new stores fit the Oregon model of being energy efficient as they use modern recycling techniques, LED lighting, heat reflective roofs and water & cooling energy-efficient systems.

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Oregon recessions by comparrison

September 25, 2012 --

Oregon Unemployment Aug. 2012
By Josh Lehner
Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog

Just a few updates on Oregon (un)employment following the Employment Department’s release of August 2012 data this morning. With the strong gains seen in recent months in the payroll data (survey of businesses), employment is now tracking just a hair above our latest forecast. One item to note is that with the most recent forecast, which included a downgrade to the economic outlook, the projected recovery path now effectively matches the return to peak time frame following the early 1980s recession in Oregon. As the Employment Department noted in their press conference, this data remains preliminary and will be revised in the future based on more and better data from employers, as discussed on this blog previously.

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Labor Board rules on electronic postings that damage a company

September 24, 2012 --

National Labor Relations Board Finds Rule Prohibiting Electronic Posting of Damaging Statements Illegal
By Nelson Atkin
Barran Liebman
Oregon Law Firm

National Labor Relations Board Finds Rule Prohibiting Electronic Posting of Damaging Statements Illegal

In a continuing series of decisions attempting to expand employee’s labor rights, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently found Costco Wholesale Corporation violated the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”) by maintaining a rule prohibiting employees from electronically posting statements that “damage that Company…or damage any person’s reputation” (Costco Wholesale Corporation, 358 NLRB No. 106, September 7, 2012). The NLRB stated that the appropriate inquiry in determining whether the maintenance of the rule violated Section 8(a)(1) of the Act, is whether the rule would reasonably tend to “chill” employees in the exercise of their Section 7 rights to engage in “protected concerted activity.” If a rule explicitly restricts Section 7 rights, it is unlawful. If it does not, such as the rule under review,

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Generational workplace differences: Values, hours & promotions

September 23, 2012 --

By Career Builder,

A new generation of professionals entering management means the correlation between seniority and leadership could be disappearing. One third (34 percent) of U.S. workers say their boss is younger than they are and 15 percent say they work for someone who is at least ten years younger, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. While most workers said it isn’t difficult to work for a younger boss, differences in work styles, communication and expectations illustrate the changing nature of office life.

The national survey was conducted by Harris Interactive© between May 14 and June 4, 2012 among more than 3,800 full-time workers and more than 2,200 hiring managers across industries and functions.

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Trends in America’s billionaire list — Zuckerberg dives

September 22, 2012 --

The Wall Street Journal reviews the ups and downs of America’s billionaires based from Forbes’ recent listing. The most notable fall is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who saw his rank go from 14 to 36. Watch the Wall Street Video below.

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Freedom Index: Canada 5th, USA 18th?

September 21, 2012 --

By U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Here are the top ten economically most-free countries according to the latest Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) report published by Canada’s Fraser Institute and the Cato Institute:

1. Hong Kong
2. Singapore
3. New Zealand
4. Switzerland
5. Australia
6. Canada
7. Bahrain
8. Mauritius
9. Finland
10. Chile

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